Dodgers Road to Cuba Fraught with Potholes

Some would say if you go in a certain direction and all you find is failure it may be wise to move in another direction to determine if the path is any better. The Dodgers road to Cuba has not been met with a lot of success, unless one defines the early production and controversy of Yasiel Puig a success. The map the Dodgers used to get them to Cuba was necessitated by the previous owner, who wrecked the Dodgers minor league system by using the major league franchise to enrich his own pockets to the detriment of the Dodgers.

Mejia, Viciedo named NPB’s top hitters for April

A pair of first basemen, the Seibu Lions’ Ernesto Mejia and the Chunichi Dragons’ Dayan Viciedo, grabbed the first monthly honors of the Nippon Professional Baseball season on Tuesday.

On the pitchers’ side, Pacific League honors went to the Chiba Lotte Marines’ Hideaki Wakui and the Central League award was issued to the Yomiuri Giants’ Tomoyuki Sugano.

NPB Pitcher of the Month awards generally go to the starting pitcher with the most wins, while the Player of the Month awards ignore defensive contributions.

Canada: Panthers sign Cuban players

In a country obsessed with baseball, it’s a deal that’s got everyone talking.

The Kitchener Panthers have signed star Cuban catcher Frank Camilo Morejon to play for the 2016 season, completing a trifecta they hope can win them their first Intercounty Baseball League championship in 15 years.

Morejon, 30, will join pitchers Noelvis Entenza and Ian Rendon as the first Cubans to play in the Intercounty Baseball League with the permission of their government.

MLB: Top 20 Cuban Prospects

Myworld thought about breaking out the top 10 Cuban prospects in the American League and the National League. As we were breaking out the list the American League seemed a bit short forcing me to put players like Dariel Alvarez on the list. This would also leave out a number of unsigned players, many of whom are waiting for the July 2 date to sign with teams. So we thought we would just put together the top 20 of players from the American and National Leagues, and those who are waiting to sign that have left Cuba in pursuit of the lottery ticket they call major league baseball.

55 NS: Yoandy Cruz named NS's top rookie

Pinar del Río Vegueros right-hander pitcher Yoandy Cruz is the winner of the 2015-16 NS Rookie of the Year Award.

Cruz had amazing numbers with Pinar del Río during the first half of the 2015-16 season, leading all rookies with a 5-0 record and an extraordinary 1.95 ERA.

At the end of the 55 NS campaign Cruz had record of 8-2 (.800) after 17 games pitched – 13 starts - with an ERA of 3.42 in 73 2/3 innings. 

Cruz had 31 struck outs and 29 walks while the opponents hit .275 against him. He compiled a WHIP of 1.43.

55 NS: José Adolis García wins NS MVP after great year

Tiger’s outfielder José Adolis García had a phenomenal 2015-16 season, and he was rewarded for his hard work by winning the Cuban National Series Most Valuable Player Award.

José Adolis became the first player in franchise history to win the NS MVP Award. 

At 23 the Ciego’s outfielder was huge for his team, and his numbers consolidated his position as one of the youngest prospect in Cuban baseball. Despite not having great protection in the lineup, José Adolis hit .315 and led the NS in RBIs (71).

NPB: José Adolis García Signs Contract with Yomiuri Giants

Jose Adolis Garcia becomes the second Cuban player to sign a contract to play for the Yomiuri Giants. Relief pitcher Hector Mendoza is the first. Mendoza has yet to pitch for the major league team, but he has made 10 appearances for the Giants minor league equivalent, picking up two saves with a 1.64 ERA. The Giants would like to see him improve his control before they promote him as he has walked six hitters in just 11 innings.